Albert Schweitzer - Death and Legacy of Albert Schweitzer

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Albert Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.  He had lived through two world wars and, beyond his personal efforts to help the people of Gabon, he wrote articles about the need for peace. 

In 1957, Helene Schweitzer—Albert's beloved wife—died in Switzerland. Albert brought her ashes to Gabon for burial on the grounds of their hospital. In 1965, at the age of 90, Albert died peacefully in the hospital he had built and loved. His remains were buried next to those of his wife, on the hospital grounds.

The Schweitzers' daughter, Rhena, continued her father's work, in Gabon, after his death. 

The people of Gabon continued to mourn Dr. Schweitzer for months, combining Christian traditions with their own methods of grief, such as reading from the Bible and praying, plus dancing and singing to the sound of native drums. When a hospital worker asked a native about their songs, he replied:

We thank God that he sent Dr. Schweitzer to us and that he was our good shepherd who gave his life for us, stayed with us, and is buried in our soil under our palm trees. (Quoted by Ken Gire in Answering the Call: The Doctor Who Made Africa His Life - The Remarkable Story of Albert Schweitzer, at page 155.)

Albert once vowed that he would make his life a tribute to the good of humanity. He fulfilled his vow in an amazing and convincing way.

Original Release: Apr 22, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Sep 01, 2017

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